Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Humane Characteristics of Teachers in Relation to Employability Skills: A Research Study

Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

Humane Characteristics of Teachers in Relation to Employability Skills: A Research Study

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The present day society demands good workers to cope up with trends resulted from knowledge explosion, globalization and modernization. In the teaching profession, the characteristics and qualities of the teachers play an important role to perform multifarious activities. The most important and desirable is to relate the knowledge with the current trends of job which is being referred as 'specialization'. As a teacher he/ she may be teaching English, Maths, Political Science and Economics and so on. Beyond teacher and his teaching, he requires skills which are of real concern to match with the trends of global market economy and knowledge explosion. Here, as a professional teacher he has two great concerns; a) finding good learners and b) training them. This whole act of service on behalf of teachers' needs teacher characteristics; which are ultimately going to make him resourceful, competent and specialized. But to perform this role, reliable and responsible teachers are needed who can solve problems and have the social skills and attitudes to work together with students as a team work. This calls for creativity on the behalf of teachers who just these days are working as transmitters of knowledge or as subject experts. Concentrating on this issue Me Ewan (2001) identified 10 traits for highly effective teachers such as; developing survival skills; becoming competent in the basic skills of instruction; expanding instructional flexibility; acquiring instructional expertise; contributing to the growth of colleagues' instructional expertise; participating in a broad level of educational decisions at all levels of the educational system. All the above mentioned characteristics diverts our attention to a point that why these characteristics of teachers are needed in the present scenario of education. According to McIntosh (2005); explosion of knowledge and the breaking down of old fixed pattern of employment has posed an increasing demand on the learners to update their knowledge whenever necessary and to go on doing so throughout their working lives. This adjustment of teachers with current knowledge scenario demands characteristics like; adaptability, continuous improvement and empowerment. Along with these qualities of teachers like; teachers' professional knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, flexibility, perseverance, concern for children and many more characteristics make a difference for learning and the other related activities as well as employment. But for this, committed teachers are needed who have respect for work and can instill work ethics among their students. Going by this frame of reference Custer and Claiborne (1991); Hill ( 1992) referred that teachers who have respect for work attitudes can instill work ethics very easily among their students because students identify teachers as their role models. Taking this aspect in mind, Nias (1981) stressed that commitment in teachers is required because it act as a great personal investment to them and they view only then it as ajob that can take them over and above their life.

The second aspect of the paper, employability skills is strongly employed with the categories already framed. The term employability as given by Hillage and Pollard (1998) is referred as a person capability of gaining initial employment, maintaining employment and obtaining new employment if required. For this an individual as a teacher requires traditional intellectual skills such as; communication, application of number, logical argument, reasoning from evidence, team work and information technology. All these skills according to Strivens and Grant (2000) were referred as employability skills. According to Line (2005), if an individual has to survive on the labor market he must possess skills and competencies to do so. Taking the above reference the present study was planned.

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